Fall 2019 - CMPT 353 D100

Computational Data Science (3)

Class Number: 8986

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 225 and (STAT 101, STAT 270, BUEC 232, ENSC 280, or MSE 210).



Basic concepts and programming tools for handling and processing data. Includes data acquisition, cleaning data sources, application of machine learning techniques and data analysis techniques, large-scale computation on a computing cluster.


This course will be an introduction to the tools and techniques in data science. We will explore common challenges and solutions used in analysis of data.


  • Basics of data science: concepts, goals, motivation, expectations.
  • Introduction to selected data processing tools: Python with numpy and pandas.
  • Working with data. Cleaning data; extract, transform, load tasks; applying concepts from statistics.
  • Machine learning basics with existing implementations (such as scikit-learn).
  • Data analysis strategies: selecting techniques from statistics and machine learning.
  • Big data tools.
  • Data visualization and summarizing results.



Details to be announced in first week of class. Will include weekly exercises, a project, quizzes, and exams.

Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).

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